The enhanced July-December 2021, and preparation of January-December 2021 plans at the regional and LGUs made consistent with national goals, and help achieve the Philippine Population Development Program (PPDP) desired outputs and outcomes for institutionalization to the local government units (LGUs).

A workshop was conducted to improve and strengthen the promotion and integration of population management thrusts for 2021. It modified the existing programs and strategies to empower Filipino families amidst the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.

The regional office of the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) successfully held a 3-day workshop on Mid-Year Program Strategic Assessment and Planning 2021 last July 14-16, 2021 at Hotel Oazis, Butuan City. It introduced the Philippine Population Development Plan (PPDP) as the new name pursuant to Memorandum No. 2021-664 issued by Usec. Juan Antonio A. Perez III, in accordance with the Memorandum for the President 2021-460. This aimed to effectively respond to emerging population issues within the context of socioeconomic development. The population policy and programs should be coordinated and implemented at the regional and local levels through the local government units.

Moreover, the mid-year program strategic assessment and planning workshop presented the accomplishments per Strategic Priority and Core functions reflected under the Strategic Program Implementation Review (SPIR). It also determined the gaps, implementation edge, strengths, weaknesses, and threats to the program implementation. It assessed the level of accomplishment vis-a-vis targets and expenditures. It planned the activities and ways forward to bridge the gaps and accomplish 100% or more vis-à-vis Office Performance Commitment and Review (OPCR)/SPIR targets, and came up with a finalized plan of activities, work and financial plan (WFP).

POPCOM Caraga Director Alexander A. Makinano highlighted that through the workshop, PPDP will strengthen and intensify the population development programs through institutionalization and localization in the local communities.

The workshop was a hybrid or blended mode in which population officers and program assistants in different municipalities and provinces in the region attended online, and population workers in Agusan del Norte and Butuan City attended physically at the venue.